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Telestreet: The Italian Media Jacking Movement

by And_

Published 2005


A short documentary exploring Italy's Telestreet phenomena, a network of close to 200 micro pirate TV transmitters that begun in the summer of 2002 to counter the media monopoly of Silvio Berlusconi. Perhaps the most interesting tactical media initiative of recent times, the TeleStreet network combines both old and new media, lo-tech and hi-tech.

The documentary speaks with activists from TeleAut and SpegnilaTV and media theorist Franco Berardi (Bifo).

A lower resolution .mov version can be downloaded here.

Backround Article | How to construct a micro transmitter


Run time 7:44
Producer And_ / Tim Parish
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information and@axxs.org | art@undergrowth.org

Reviews

Reviewer: itnomad - - January 11, 2006
Subject: Interesting video
The motivation from an experimental/independant point of view is quite fascinating; exploring technology out of it's general use.

But however, i have the feeling that the Italians are finally completly fed up with their "benevolent dictator" ;-)

Would've liked to see more about their general activism.
Reviewer: snebtor - - March 23, 2005
Subject: This is really good
It's very informative and short at the same time! it's great to know this is happening!
Reviewer: frenesi - - February 6, 2005
Subject: legal issues
Telestreet pratice in Italy is totally illegal.
To use air frequencies you have to buy an expensive license from the governement. Otherway you are outlaw... one of the Prime Minister national network (retequattro) is outlaw too becasue one cannot have more than two national networks. So we live in a state of illegal order.
For further information ceck
www.telestreet.it where you can find english and spanish texts too
Reviewer: frenesi - - February 6, 2005
Subject: legal issues
Telestreet pratice in Italy is totally illegal.
To use air frequencies you have to buy an expensive license from the governement. Otherway you are outlaw... one of the Prime Minister national network (retequattro) is outlaw too becasue one cannot have more than two national networks. So we live in a state of illegal order.
For further information ceck
www.telestreet.it where you can find english and spanish texts too
Reviewer: frenesi - - February 6, 2005
Subject: legal issues
Telestreet pratice in Italy is totally illegal.
To use air frequencies you have to buy an expensive license from the governement. Otherway you are outlaw... one of the Prime Minister national network (retequattro) is outlaw too becasue one cannot have more than two national networks. So we live in a state of illegal order.
For further information ceck
www.telestreet.it where you can find english and spanish texts too
Reviewer: brewster - - January 16, 2005
Subject: Short, informative, inspiring
For $500 these tv hackers set up TV stations in italy. This documentary is well editted, informative about the technology and theory which combines to demonstrate that this is all doable for those with the political will.

Qualification: The legal issues are not discussed, nor do I know what they are.
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